On Thu, 28 Sep 1995, PATRICK ROBERT EGAN wrote:
> As a matter of fact,I *wasn't* trying to be provocative-or
> offensive to you or Mardi Cook,for that matter.If I've offended anyone on
> the list,than allow me to offer a sincere apology.
> My query was in regard to what(if any) evidence there might
> be for the idea that our Celtic ancestors deliberately abstracted their
> art in order to not offend the powers that be.The issue was not how
> perfection might be defined or how the ancients thought the dieties
> defined it,but what evidence there was in the first place.The point is
> this: if there is no evidence for an idea like that,and I don't believe
> there is,than are we not merely constructing our own evidence based on
> nothing better than assumption and comparison with other,distant
> cultures?Surely the field of Celtic Studies can do better than that.We
Well, the voice of reason and scholarly discipline has finally appeared!
I am glad to see it at long last. As far as I can tell, over a two year
period Celtic-L has made the long painful slide from a thoughtful forum
concerning Celtic languages and literature to a free-for-all of crackpot
New Age mysticism. I did not subscribe during the deterioration, so my
recent re-subscription makes it all the more apparent.
I look forward to seeing more substantial material on Celtic-L in the future.
Eric Paul Ziegler
Department of History
University of Washington